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Matt Wieters is coming back, but who is he bringing with him in 2016? That's a good question.

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Wieters' return to the Orioles is good for everyone | CSN Mid-Atlantic
Counting the players under contract and the expected arbitration agreements, the Orioles may already be at $100M for next year's team. Now what?

FieldPass :: "Crush" Davis set to score big in free agency
"When Scott Boras is your agent, you are a premier player, and it’s free agency time, history shows that you will most likely hit the jackpot on the open market. That is exactly the case for Orioles first baseman/ right fielder Chris "Crush" Davis."

Is MLB's qualifying-offer system working? | Newsday
"Qualifying offers were rejected by 17 players Friday, making them all free agents. The most interesting number, however, is three, as in the trio of MLB pioneers who chose to accept the qualifying offer and remain with their current teams -- the first time that has happened since the system was implemented before the 2013 season."

Steve Melewski: A look at Matt Wieters taking the qualifying offer and Boston's addition of a closer
"Matt Wieters made $8.3 million last year and through arbitration, had he been an arbitration-eligible player this year, his salary probably would have increased to $10-$11 million. So this is no huge overpay, here but Wieters will play for $15.8 million in 2016."

School of Roch: Would the Orioles pursue a reunion with Nick Markakis?
"In case you lost count, the Orioles are in the market for two outfielders this winter. Not just one. They would like to re-sign Gerardo Parra and plug him into right field, but it naturally depends on how many years and dollars he can milk from the market. Here's a thought: What about Nick Markakis? "

Duquette must carefully balance chase for international, domestic talent | Public | fredericknewspost.com
"The world champion Kansas City Royals only scored 11 more runs than the Orioles during the regular season. But it was the way the Royals scored their runs (and other factors, of course) that made them 14 games better than the Orioles this year and made their victory over the O’s in the 2014 ALCS look so easy."

Happy Birthday to Dylan Bundy. Don't hurt yourself opening presents today, OK? It's also the birthday of former Orioles John Stephens and Darwin Culliban. All those folks share it with 1316 - Jean I, King of France, king for just 5 days; 1708 - William Pitt the Elder, British Prime Minister; 1887 - Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter; 1891 - Erwin Rommel, German Field Marshal; 1929 - Ed Asner, actor; 1940 - Sam Waterson, American actor;1948 - Roy P Dyson, Maryland politician; 1951 - Beverly D'Angelo, American actress; 1952 - "Macho Man" Randy Savage, pro wrestler; 1968 - Ol' Dirty Bastard, American rapper; 1974 - Chad Kroeger, Canadian "singer".

1961 - Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles finishes third in AL MVP voting behind winner Roger Maris and runner-up Mickey Mantle.

1983 - Shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles is named the Most Valuable Player in the American League. Ripken, who led the league in hits and runs scored, becomes the first major league player to win the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in back-to-back seasons.

Also in history on this day...

1492 - Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco

1884 - Colonization of Africa orgainized at international conference in Berlin

1948 - Mackenzie King retires after spending 22 years as the Prime Minister of Canada

1969 - 250,000 peacefully demonstrate in Wash DC against Vietnam War

1988 - PLO proclaims State of Palestine, recognizes Israeli existence

Consider this your discussion space for the epic upset of Ronda Rousey by Holly Holm. It was as clean a headkick knockout as you'll ever see. Expect the rematch at UFC 200 next spring.